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Three UC San Francisco Scientists Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By | April 24, 2013

Three UC San Francisco Scientists Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD

Three UC San Francisco scientists have been selected to join the 2013 class of one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies for top scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday the election of 198 new members, including UCSF neuroscientist Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD; UCSF pediatric neurologist Donna M. Ferriero, MD, MSc; and Regis B. Kelly, PhD, director of the Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3).
The new UCSF inductees join more than 50 existing members representing the University.
The academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to the academy’s publications and studies covering a variety of areas, including science, technology global security, humanities and education.
"Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good," said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day."
Other notable members of the 2013 class include neuroscientist Marc Tessier-Lavigne, chemist Xiaowei Zhuang, mathematical physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn, actor and director Robert De Niro, musicians Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and operatic soprano Renée Fleming.
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the academy headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
New AAAS Members from UCSF
Arturo Alvarez-Buylla is a professor with the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, where he holds the Heather and Melanie Muss Endowed Chair. He also is principal investigator for the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center, internationally recognized as a major research and treatment center for adults and children with tumors of the brain and spinal cord. Alvarez-Buylla has conducted seminal experiments to identify stem cells in a region of the brain called the subventricular zone, and is among those who helped to clearly demonstrate that new neurons can indeed be born in the adult brain throughout life. He collaborates with colleagues to explore the feasibility of using neural stem cells and the cells derived from them to treat neurological disorders, working with mouse models of disease.